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CR64. Managing Deliberate Self Harm in Young People

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Approved: Mar 1998

Published: 1998

Status: under review

Review by: Mar 2003

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People who harm themselves should always be taken seriously. This is not only because commission of an act of self-harm may be a prognostic factor indicating an greatly increased risk of further self-injurious behaviour and suicide, but also because it may be a key indicator of the existence of a range of serious psychiatric disorders, social and relationship problems and abusing experiences.
This report from the Council of the Royal College of Psychiatrists surveys what is known about self-harm in young people and points readers to sources of epidemiological information and advice about designing, setting-up, managing and delivering health services for young people after they have harmed themselves.
The guidance provided by this report is aimed at health authorities and health boards, NHS trusts, primary care groups/trusts, local health groups and local authorities. It will be particularly helpful to members of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and practitioners in other disciplines in advising their colleagues at all levels of service management and is supportive of local initiatives in delivering assessment and treatment services of increasing quality.
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